Miscellaneous Preble County, Ohio Obituaries - 1999

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Kathryn Kiracofe

Memorial services for Kathryn Kiracofe, 92, of Bridgewater, Va., who died Monday, Sept. 13, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Gratis Church of the Brethren.

Barbara J. Shelley

Barbara June Shelley, 57, of New Paris, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., after a short illness.

Born June 29, 1952, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Emmet E. and Mary (Parks) McDivitt. She was a 1960 graduate of Jackson High School and a member of Twin Creek Chapel in Preble County. She had been employed at Target department store in Richmond for the past six years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald M. Shelley, in 1993; sister, Esther Dearth, in 1997; and brothers, Ellsworth McDivitt, Kenneth McDivitt, Cecil McDivitt, Lester McDivitt and Gene McDivittt.

Survivors include two sons, Randall M. Shelley of Eaton and Rodney W. Shelley of New Paris; two daughters, Rhonda J. Vance of New Paris and Brenda L. Tudor of Eaton; nine grandchildren.

Also surviving are sisters, Hazel Dafler of Liberty, Ind., Mary Lou Cavins of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mabel Sandlin of Camden, Ruth Ann Loy of Arcanum, Ruby Hackenbracht of Eaton; brothers, Virgil McDivitt of Fountain City, Ind., Everett McDivitt of Richmond, Ind., Paul McDivitt of Brownsville, Ind., and Keith McDivitt of Pershing, Ind.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 2, at the First Baptist Church in New Paris, with the Rev. Reggie Osborne officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris. Barnes Funeral Home-New Paris Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Twin Creek Chapel, or to the Northwest Emergency Squad.

Adolph Baker

Adolph "Doc" Baker, 100, formerly of West Manchester, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the home of his daughter, Jeanne Coning, in Greenville.

Born April 1, 1899, in Whitewater, Ind., he was the son of the late Alonzo and Anna (Freed) Baker, and had lived most of his life in West Manchester. He was the only living World War I veteran in Preble and Darke counties.

Mr. Baker enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 27, 1918, and served as a pharmacist's mate during his Navy time. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 6, 1919, and returned to Preble County.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in West Manchester and retired from that vocation after serving more than 30 years. He served as postmaster the majority of those years, then became a rural carrier, from which position he retired.

Mr. Baker served several terms as a commissioner on the Preble County Board of Veterans Services. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a charter member of American Legion Post #665, West Manchester. He started the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund in Preble and Darke counties. He was the oldest member of New Paris Fellowship Lodge #106, F&AM. In July, he was grand marshal of the State American Legion Convention parade in Dayton. He was a member of West Manchester United Methodist Church.

Mr./ Baker was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita (Meier) Baker, in December 1989; a daughter, Carolyn Baker; and brothers, Joseph and Charles Baker.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Coning of Greenville; granddaughters, Deborah Day and Jill Eisenberg; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 3, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, where military graveside services were conducted by American Legion Post #665, West Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #665, West Manchester, OH 45382.

Florence M. Wehrley

Florence M. Wehrley, 81, of Pinehurst Village, Centerville, Ind., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Pinehurst Village. She formerly resided at 4421 National Road West, Richmond, Ind.

Born June 3, 1918, in Montgomery County, she was the daughter of Charles and Carrie (Roof) Storer. She had lived in Wayne County since 1961. Mrs. Wehrley was a charter member of Central Christian Church, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Wehrley, whom she married June 27, 1936; two sons, Alvin Wehrley of Richmond, Ind., and Darrell Wehrley of Fairfield, Ohio; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three sisters, Elinor Somers of Eaton, Jane Smith of New Lebanon and Lois Baughman of West Alexandria; and five brothers, Hugh Storer of Eaton, Keith Storer of New Lebanon, Paul Storer of Richmond, Ind., Stanley Storer and Loren Storer, both of Texas.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Tyler Wehrley; and two brothers, Harold and George Storer.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 2, at Central Christian Church, with the Rev. Sky Allen officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Mills Funeral Home, Centerville, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church, 4511 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374.

Ronald B. Lewis

Ronald B. Lewis, 68, of Lewisburg, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 29, at his home.

He retired from Sears as service manager after 33 years of service, and was a member of the Sears Retiree Club of Dayton. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, and the Englewood and Vandalia Senior Citizen Clubs.

Mr. Lewis was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, having served aboard the USS Missouri. He was a member of Brookville VFW Post #3288, was an avid golfer, and was currently working at the Penn Terra Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 48 years, Sadie P. (Johnson) Lewis; sons and daughters-in-law, Martin and Julie Lewis of Brookville, Scott and Debra Lewis of Bainbridge, Ohio, Daniel and Chris Lewis of Lenoir City, Tenn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and David Jenkins of Kodak, Tenn., Shari and Jeff Creech of Arcanum; brother and sister-in-law, Alva Jr. and Ruth Lewis of Milan, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva M. Sr. and Madge R. (Goss) Lewis; and a brother, Marshall Lewis.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 2, at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, with the Rev. Mike Pratt officiating. Burial was in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens in Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Heart Hospital.

Helen F. Brubaker

Helen Frances (Metzger) Brubaker, 85, of 3207 Halderman Road, West Alexandria, died Thursday, Sept. 30, at her home.

Born April 20, 1914, in Darke County, she was the daughter of Aaron and Frances (Miller) Metzger. She was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Arthur O. Brubaker; five sons and companions, Martin and Ruth Brubaker, Wesley and Carolyn Brubaker, all of Eaton, Paul and Wilma Brubaker, Jim and Norma Brubaker, Tom and Katie Brubaker, all of West Alexandria; four daughters and companions, Louise and Elwyn Beachler, Catharine and Stuart Cook, all of North Manchester, Ind. Ellen Brubaker, Barbara and Andrew Bambeck, all of West Alexandria; a daughter-in-law, Vera Brubaker of Waynesboro, Pa.; 37 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son, David Brubaker, in 1973; a grandson, Mark Cook, in 1995; three brothers; two sisters; and a son-in-law.

Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 3, at Upper Twin Old German Baptist Church, West Alexandria, with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Arlene F. Marker

Arlene F. Marker, 71, of Eaton, died Friday, Oct. 1, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born Nov. 22, 1927, in Dayton, she was the daughter of the late Ford P. and Anna (Chippendale) Ogden. She was a graduate of Wilbur Wright High School in Dayton, and had been a former employee of The Eaton Place and St. Clair Inn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard O. Marker, on Nov. 21, 1987; two brothers, Ford P. Ogden Jr. and James P. Ogden.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Hofacker of Eaton; sons, Robert L. Marker of Eaton and David R. Marker of Waynesville, N.C.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, with the Rev. Jeff Hill officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Preble County Cancer Society.

Treva T. Bowers

Treva Tamplin Bowers, 82, of New Paris, died Saturday, Oct. 2, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Born June 2, 1917, in Preble County, she was the daughter of the late Deo and Mary (Bucher) Krall. A graduate of Jackson Township High School, she was a former resident of the West Manchester and Punta Gorda, Fla., area.

Mrs. Bowers was former owner and operator of Tamplin's Restaurant in West Manchester, and was a 20-year employee of the Montgomery County Board of Health, retiring in 1979.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Tamplin, on June 21, 1972; a grandson, R. Kim Bussard, on June 4, 1997; sisters, Martha Burden and Edna Stemple; and a brother, Everett Krall.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn D. and Ronald Bussard of Eldorado, Barbara J. and Gaynor Petry of New Paris; a sister and brother-in-law, Clarabelle and John Laird of Eaton; five grandchildren, Jeanine Harrison of Greenville, Dawn Mills and Renita Back, both of Eaton, Brent and Erick Petry, both of New Paris; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Bussard-Barnes-Vaniman Funeral Home, Eldorado, with the Rev. Bryan Rea officiating. Burial was in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Clara L. Neller

Clara LaFern (Reynolds) Charles Neller, 90, of West Alexandria, died Sunday, Oct. 3, at her home following an extended illness.

She had worked at Rike's department store as an elevator operator, and retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ludlow Charles; and two sisters, Irene Singer and Katherine Rhoades.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Neller; children, George I. Charles, Richard Lowell and wife Glenna May Charles, Carlotta and her daughter Tracey Brown, Gary Donald and Clara Elizabeth Neller; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Shiloh Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Lehman officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery near West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, 3 Hay Ave., Brookville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg Emergency Unit (envelopes will be provided at the funeral home).

Joan W. Stowe

Joan (Woosley) Stowe, 52, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 2, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus after a sudden illness.

Born Nov. 11, 1946, in Dayton, she was the daughter of Elizabeth "Liz" (Pitsinger) Woosley and the late John "Jack" D. Woosley. She was a graduate of Shawnee High School in Camden, and attended Butler-Hamilton Business College in Hamilton.

Mrs. Stowe was employed by the American Cancer Society from 1981 until the time of her death, in a variety of increasingly responsible positions. She had also held positions with the Greenville (Ohio) City Auditor's Office, Carr & Buchy, CPA in Greenville, and Universal Manufacturing Corporation in Camden.

She served as a member of the Preble Shawnee School Board and the Camden Area Camber of Commerce, chaired the Preble Shawnee Citizens Advisory Committee, co-chaired the Black Walnut Festival in Camden, and served as president of the Darke County Association for Retarded citizens.

Mrs. Stowe was a tireless advocate for disabled citizens, serving as a volunteer in many capacities with the Abilities First Foundation (Doty House). She was recognized for her leadership activities in this area by being named Mother of the Year by Gov. James Rhodes.

She was active in a wide variety of civic and volunteer organizations. She was a member of Camden VFW Post 1577 Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 215 Ladies Auxiliary of Eaton, and Camden United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Donald J. Stowe; two sons, Scott J. of Middletown and Jesse R. of Delaware, Ohio; her mother, Liz Woosley of Camden; and a sister, Jackie (Jeff) Deaton of Germantown.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, 249 N. Main St., Camden, with the Rev. Marvin Hocker officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Camden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the Abilities First Foundation (Doty House), 4810 Timber Trail Drive, Middletown, OH 45044.

Charles W. Woltja

Charles W. "Choppy" Woltja, 62, of Eldorado, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born July 28, 1937, in Eaton, he was the son of the late Bernard S. and Helen M. (Myers) Woltja, and had lived in Preble County all his life. He was a graduate of Eaton High School and a member of the Eaton Church of the Brethren. He retired in 1992 as produce manager from Miller's IGA in Eaton after 37 years.

Survivors include his wife, Janet L. (Snyder) Woltja; daughters, Heather Gallant, Stacy Ballengee and husband Jerry, Tracy Gardner and husband Matthew, all of Eldorado; and a granddaughter, Grace Gallant.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 8, at the Eaton Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Martin Peacock officiating. Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery near West Manchester. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Church of the Brethren.

Ronald E. Hartrum

Ronald E. Hartrum, 53, of Sarasota, Fla., died Sunday, Oct. 3.

He was born in Richmond, Ind., and had lived in Eaton before moving to Sarasota 19 years ago. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl E. Hartrum, in October 1971.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Helen and Ralph Dapalito of Sarasota, Fla.; and two sisters, Joyce Campbell and Joan Jordan, both of Sarasota, Fla.

Funeral services were private.

Katie A. Brubaker

Katie Ann Brubaker, 46, of Enterprise Road near Gratis, West Alexandria, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, at her home.

Born Feb. 19, 1953, in Chardon, Ohio, she was the daughter of Daniel and Emma (Miller) Beachey. She was a member of the Christian Assembly of God Church in Middletown.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Tom Brubaker; two sons, Anthony Brubaker and Daniel Brubaker, both at home; two daughters, Alisa Brubaker and Shekinah Brubaker, both at home; three brothers, Josiah Beachey of Linn Grove, Ind., Henry Beachey of Geneva, Ind., and William Beachey of Berne, Ind.; three sisters, Ella Yoder of Berne, Ind., Lydia Royer of Eaton and Fannie Miller of Salem, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Johnny Beachey, in 1942, and Jacob Beachey, in 1952; and a sister-in-law, Arvilla Beachey, in 1997.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 8, at the Christian Assembly of God Church near Middletown, with the Rev. Don F. Dohm officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria. Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Cecelia B. Howard

Cecelia Brook Howard, infant daughter of Greg N. and Elizabeth A. (Wolf) Howard of Eaton, was stillborn at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hospital, Fairborn.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandmother, Cindy Wolf of Eaton; paternal grandparents, Kathy and Rob Ashley of Eaton, and Greg Howard of Dayton; maternal great-grandparents, Roberta Dearth, and Bert and Paula Wolf, all of Eaton; paternal great-grandparents, Gerald and Malvery Howard of Eaton, and Wilmer Coots of New York.

Graveside services were Saturday, Oct. 9, at Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery, West Alexandria. Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, was in charge of arrangements.

Verla M. Echstenkamper

Verla M. Echstenkamper, 76, of 717 Kayler Road, Eaton, died Friday, Oct. 8, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.

Born Jan. 26, 1923, in Athens, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Ruth (Hillard) Collins. She was a former employee of Hart Manufacturing, Eaton.

Survivors include her husband, Earl R. Echstenkamper; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary R. and Donna Echstenkamper of Palm Harbor, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Steve Favorite of Eaton, Ruthanne and Dave Lincoln of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dean Collins of Jacksonville, Ohio, and Terry Collins of Athens, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family. There was no public calling. Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, Eaton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 7560 McEwen Road, Dayton, OH 45459.

Troy I. Williams

Troy I. "Toy" Williams, 43, of Piqua, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 8, in Jackson County, Ohio.

He was born May 29, 1956, in Dayton. He worked 19 years in the food service department of NCR, and was a member of the UAW.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hollie Williams; and a sister, Sue Adamson.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Marie (Wehner) Williams, whom he married June 23, 1975; daughters and sons-in-law, Desireé Renee (Williams) and Scott Krites of Piqua, Erica and Jim Bowden of New Carlisle; a son and daughter-in-law, Jarod Isaac and Mandy Williams of Englewood; mother, Dorothy (Meeks) Williams of Dayton.

Also surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores and Clinton Curry of Englewood, Maudie and John Trimble of Enon, Sharon Bleil and Larry Connell of Eaton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hollie and Terry Williams of Dayton, Paul Douglas and Nina Williams of Maryland, Gary and Marlene Williams of New York, Mike and Cindy Williams of Vandalia.

Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Rose Ann Wehner of Englewood; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Susan Williams of Dayton, Clarence Paul Wehner and wife Joann of Houston, Texas, Tim Wehner and wife Wendy of Deland, Fla., Mike Wehner and wife Pat of Goldsboro, N.C., Ray Wehner of Dayton, Marie Amburgey and husband James of Mallie, Ky., and Vicki Wehner of Dayton; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Barnes Funeral Home-Preble Memory Gardens Chapel, West Alexandria, with Pastor Jim Valekis officiating. Burial was in Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria.

Kathryn O. Jordan

Kathryn O. Jordan, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 9, at Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond, Ind., following a short illness. She had lived at Friends Fellowship Community for three years, but had resided in Preble County most of her life.

Born Dec. 25, 1916, in Brookville, Ind., she was the daughter of Rome and Mary (Lang) Peters. She was a 1934 graduate of Boston High School and was a registered nurse, having graduated from Reid Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in the class of 1938. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Delta Theta Tau Sorority of New Paris.

Survivors include one daughter, Jayne Pinho of Tampa, Fla.; three sons, Jack Jordan of Eaton, Jeffrey Jordan and Phillip P. Jordan, both of Richmond, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip G. Jordan, on Oct. 17, 1994; and four brothers, Carl, Ray, Al and Eugene Peters.

Liturgy of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Oct. 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Paris, with Father Todd Riebe officiating. Burial was in Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation for the Hospice Program.

Ruth N. Kramer

Ruth N. Kramer, 91, formerly of Horn Street, Lewisburg, died Sunday, Oct. 10, at The Brethren's Home in Greenville, where she had been a resident since 1985.

Born Feb. 21, 1908, in Darke County, she was the daughter of Henry S. and Anna M. (Lipps) Hittle. She had been a telephone operator for E.F. McDonald Company of Dayton. Mrs. Kramer was a member of Lewisburg First United Church of Christ; and was past matron of Ideal Chapter #293, Order of Eastern Star, Lewisburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert V. Kramer, in 1980; and three sisters, Aileen Reuse, Dorothy Springer and Leah Trittschuh.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Margaret Jones of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Paul Hittle of Portland, Ind.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Barnes Funeral Home-Lewisburg Chapel, 411N. Commerce St., with the Rev. Mike Hodson officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewisburg First United Church of Christ.

Lucille C. Bruns

Lucille C. Bruns, 89, of Eaton, died Monday, Oct. 11, at Greenbriar Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 5, 1910, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Cora (Treon) Berger, and had lived most of her life in Preble County. She was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, and the Preble County Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bruns, on Feb. 12, 1974; brothers, Bernard Berger, Hubert Berger, Lucian Berger and Francis Berger; and a sister, Mary Belle Rice.

Survivors include three daughters, Vivian Rogers of Brentwood, Tenn., Barbara Bradley and Karen Bruns, both of Eaton; two sons, Donald Bruns of Lake Worth, Fla., and Richard Bruns of Eaton; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Jean Martino of Versailles and Evelyn Loxley of Greenville; a brother, Joseph Berger of Versailles; a stepsister, June Perin of Versailles; a half sister, Janet Pitsingbarger of Versailles; half brothers, Edward Berger of Dayton and Robert Berger of Cincinnati; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Visitation Catholic Church, Eaton, with Deacon Joseph F. James officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Alexandria. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Funeral Home, 226 W. Main St., Eaton, where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Way.


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